The massacre of the innocents, and the culprits

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One should ask: cui prodest?
Marinella Correggia, an ecopeace activist and journalist, says many facts that cast doubt on claims that Syrian government forces were behind the massacre.
First of all, the victims in the various online videos of the massacre appear to have been killed at close range and not as a result of artillery strikes.
“The children don’t seem to be the victims of shelling or artillery, but of direct killings from a short distance,” she told RT. “Therefore it doesn’t seem possible to make a connection between the accusations by the opposition that the army attacked Houla with heavy weapons and the way the children were murdered.”
Secondly, Correggia points to the fact that some of the videos actually provide erroneous information.
“One of the videos on YouTube in Spanish says ‘Assad bands killed children in Hula,’ but in fact shows images of children in houses that SANA and Press TV say were killed by armed groups of the opposition in other villages.”
Correggia also said it’s very difficult to understand who the people carrying out the massacre were. The fact that most killers wear ski masks over their faces makes it impossible for witnesses and survivors to give correct testimonials on exactly who these people are and who hired them.
She said the mainstream media were quick to jump to conclusions without considering all the facts.
“Although the head of the UN observer mission, General Robert Mood, did not attribute the massacre to anybody yet, and asked both government forces and the opposition to refrain from any form of violence, some mainstream media blamed the government, saying it was the UN that pointed the figure at the regime,” she noted.
Correggia said it was almost impossible that the government would carry out such a massacre.
“One should ask: cui prodest (who profits?),” she stressed. “Massacres happen right before either a Security Council meeting, like in the February Homs massacre, or before or during Kofi Annan’s visits, or after some military defeats. Therefore it seems to me almost impossible that government could order or give a green light to it.”
She expressed her belief that it was likely that massacres such as the one that happened in Houla were more likely a product of unbridled sectarian violence.
“According to some witnesses, the massacre was perpetrated by armed gangs who assaulted the hospital and killed people. Vox Clamantis, an information center of the Catholic Church in the Homs Governorate, also reports many cases of families being killed in other villages, where in the absence of the army there is violence going on for sectarian reasons. I tend to believe this version. And it will be harder and harder to see who the armed killers are, and where the difference between ordinary and political violence is.”

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